Meet Nick: Founder

Nick Etten, Founder

Nick Etten is the Founder of the Veterans Cannabis Project. Since serving on active duty as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Nick has spent 20 years as a private equity professional and operations executive with several organizations. Nick earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in political science from the United States Naval Academy.


Our Programs



VCP Advocates on behalf of the millions of veterans who should have the right to manage pain and health issues with safe medications, and to ensure veterans’ voices are heard and amplified through the halls of Congress, the VA and the current administration. 



VCP Educates veterans on their rights and their options with regard to personal health management. We showcase and support positive veteran stories and experiences as a leading example of medical options utilizing cannabis. We also work to dispel cultural myths and remove the stigma surrounding cannabis use.



VCP Heal focuses on supporting medical research that legitimizes cannabis as a safer alternative to many legal, but ineffective and damaging, treatments for veteran specific conditions. We also provide our community with unbiased, research-based information about medical cannabis based firmly in both the research we support and in common sense.